Jboss AS 5 GA release date

24 November 2008, by: Development

People have been wondering for some time about the release date of Jboss AS 5. As many of you know, Jboss 5 has been in development for quite some time and its release has been highly anticipated. Arguably, Jboss is one of the most important, if not -the- most important Java EE implementation. The fact that an official release of version 5 of this spec has been so long overdue, has been painful. Of course, Jboss 4.2.x supports most of the Java EE 5 stuff, but it’s just not the Real Thing.

The importance of Jboss AS is due to a number of reasons. Of course there are other Java EE 5 implementations out there, but the number of offerings seem to be declining. On the commercial side of the fence there’s basically IBM’s Websphere and Oracle’s OC4J, and on the open source side there’s Glassfish, Geronimo and Jboss AS 5. For many people, a closed source, commercial Java EE implementation seems to be little attractive. This leaves us basically with only 3 options for the moment. Geronimo may be nice, but nobody seems to be using this. Glassfish should maybe be the default choice (afterall, the Sun Java SE implementation is typically the default choice for many too), but has two main problems:

  1. It can’t be configured.
  2. It doesn’t offer any services.

This basically leaves Jboss AS 5 as the only choice, it it weren’t for the fact that it was always still in beta or in rc. In a way, this left a kind of void in the Java EE world (unless of course configuration and services don’t matter to you, then I suppose Glassfish would be perfectly fine).

Previously, Jboss AS 5 had been announced for february 2008 (see Where is JBossAS GA 5), but this seemed to be too optimistic. A major milestone was reached when Jboss AS 5 RC2 was officially EE 5 certified. A careful guess for the GA release date was then made for early November 2008 (see JBoss AS is now EE5 certified!).

Today however, a definite date has been given by Project Lead Dimitris Andreadis:

December 2008!

(See Jboss 5 release date?)

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9 comments to “Jboss AS 5 GA release date”

  1. Radim Marek says:

    Thanks for the news! I just hope the performance will be significantly better compared to CR2.


  2. Oleg says:

    Well, it took Axel Rose 13 years to release Chinese Democracy, although there were rumors almost every year that it is about to come out.
    Best of luck to JBoss, but it’s getting funny. I still have a slide deck from JBoss training that shows JBoss 5 release date Q2 of 2005.

  3. java monkey says:

    About the GF, I think you are wrong, or you do AD. for JBoss?
    have you try GFv3? it highly configurable, and it’s actually runs on OSGi. I don’t know where you got that ”
    It can’t be configured.
    It doesn’t offer any services”

  4. arjan says:

    @java monkey

    I haven’t tried GFv3, but then again, it’s not officially released right? Take a look at https://glassfish.dev.java.net/public/downloadsindex.html , it’s still beta (or prelude as they call it).

    Our system administrator rejected GF (V2), exactly because of those two points. GF v2 supposedly doesn’t have any configuration file (like context.xml, or -ds.xml) and also doesn’t offer any services. Our system administrator doesn’t care about any new Java APIs (which GF adopts faster than JBoss of course), but only cares about ‘services’. I’m not 100% sure what those services are he’s so interested in. I assume it are clustering and deployment services.

    Again, Gf V2 (supposedly) doesn’t offer any of these services, while Jboss AS does. Gf V3 might be different though, but currently it’s still an early release. Hope to do a blog posting about the final release date of Gf v3 soon though 😉

  5. Alexis MP says:

    GlassFish v3 Prelude is actually fully supported. It’s called “prelude” because it anticipates the full Java 6 release next year (mid-2009) and does not provide all Java EE features (no EJB container, no JMS, no clustering besides mod_jk, …). Give it a try if these are restrictions you don’t mind.

    GlassFish v2 doesn’t have the modularity v3 enjoys but it does load services on demand. As for configuration, I’m pretty sure we can find alternatives.

    -Alexis (GlassFish Team)

  6. java monkey says:

    I think you are fluffing, the JBoss5 is actually try to catch up GFv2, and GFv3 prelude is the final release (not beta), GFv3 prelude support some JEE6 specs. Anyway, there are something in JBoss5 still not change:
    1, Use different ports for different protocols, you should know what i mean if you are real JBoss “guru”.

    2, The configure xmls is still hell, did you ever configure multiple clustered servers on the same machine?

    3, The multiple class loader is still same.

    4, The admin console is still looks hell!

    5, The OSGi is fake.

    6, it should came out before 2006’s xmas.

    I think the PM did a lozzy job.

  7. Ophir Radnitz says:

    There’s also Caucho Resin.

  8. arjan says:

    @Ophir, indeed and there’s also JOnAS (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JOnAS), but last time I checked these are both J2EE 1.4, although with added Java EE 5 component (just like Jboss 4.2.x).

  9. m.j.milicevic says:

    Our choice was also based on Glassfish (v2) being certified (open source) container. I have to say, that after astroturfing incident (http://developers.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/05/18/2043206&tid=108) I am still bit cautious about jboss products, and if there is an alternative, I am choosing alternative, hipocryte I know, but, yeah, you can hardly get around Hibernate these days, and Seam is also nice..

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